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Imogen Church's convincing range of accents, modulations, and control allow her to voice multiple viewpoints adroitly, proving to be more effective than many full-cast recordings. Ware's newest features an ensemble, this time four friends whose boarding school bonds have frayed since becoming adults with separate lives. Isa is a new mother on leave from civil service lawyer-ing. When she receives an abrupt "I need you" text from Kate, an artist who never left the coastal village where the girls met, Isa immediately heads to remote Salten. Isa knows Fatima, a doctor whose headscarf declares her rededication to her Muslim faith, and Thea, a casino worker who's perhaps as troubled now as she was then, will also be there. Reunited at the Mill house, once the quartet's home-away-from-home, Kate divulges that a corpse was discovered in the nearby marshes. The "lying game," which kept the girls' secrets buried for almost 20 years, is finally up. These four frightened, threatened women must figure out which confessions might save the rest of their lives. VERDICT For Ware fans, this is Game on. ["Though not as chill-inducing as her previous titles, Ware's latest offers nuanced characters, an atmospheric small-town British setting, and a satisfying mystery": LJ 6/15/17 review of the Scout: S. & S. hc.]-Terry Hong, Smithsonian BookDragon, Washington, DC © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

When Isa Wilde, the narrator of this engrossing psychological thriller from bestseller Ware (The Woman in Cabin 10), gets a text-"I need you"-from old friend Kate Atagon, she knows she must drop everything in London and go to Salten, a town on England's south coast, where the two attended Salten House, a cut-rate boarding school. Doctor Fatima Qureshy and casino dealer Thea West, who also attended Salten House, receive the same message. At school, the four girls perfected what they called the Lying Game, with myriad rules and intricate scoring. An incident that caused the girls to leave before their senior year looms large as Isa, Fatima, and Thea gather at the house where Kate has always lived with her father, Salten's art master. Kate informs the group about a riverbank discovery-a human bone-that could unravel the foursome's 17-year pact of silence. Alternating between the past and present, Ware builds up a rock-solid cast of intriguing characters and spins a mystery that will keep readers turning pages to the end. Agent: Eve White, Eve White Literary Agency (U.K.). (July) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES , USA TODAY , AND LOS ANGELES TIMES BESTSELLER <p> "So many questions...Until the very last page Needless to say, I could not put this book down " --Reese Witherspoon <p> "Once again the author of The Woman in Cabin 10 delivers mega-chills." -- People <p> "Missing Big Little Lies ? Dig into this psychological thriller about whether you can really trust your nearest and dearest." -- Cosmopolitan <p>From the instant New York Times bestselling author of blockbuster thrillers In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10 comes a chilling new novel of friendship, secrets, and the dangerous games teenaged girls play. <p>On a cool June morning, a woman is walking her dog in the idyllic coastal village of Salten, along a tidal estuary known as the Reach. Before she can stop him, the dog charges into the water to retrieve what first appears to be a wayward stick, but to her horror, turns out to be something much more sinister. <p>The next morning, three women in and around London--Fatima, Thea, and Isa--receive the text they had always hoped would never come, from the fourth in their formerly inseparable clique, Kate, that says only, "I need you." <p> The four girls were best friends at Salten, a second-rate boarding school set near the cliffs of the English Channel. Each different in their own way, the four became inseparable and were notorious for playing the Lying Game, telling lies at every turn to both fellow boarders and faculty. But their little game had consequences, and as the four converge in present-day Salten, they realize their shared past was not as safely buried as they had once hoped. <p>Atmospheric, twisty, and with just the right amount of chill to keep you wrong-footed, The Lying Game is told in Ruth Ware's signature suspenseful style, lending itself to becoming another unputdownable thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time.
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